Ribbon cutting of new youth mental health facility

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A youth mental health organization has officially opened its new space, fully equipped to bring the program to the national level.

On Tuesday around 11:30 a.m. Be kind.part of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, held a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new facility on 160 68th Street in Cutlerville.

The organization raised $2 million to build the new office space. It has dedicated zoom rooms and a conference room for webinars so that students, teams, staff and religious communities can use the space for both remote and in-person meetings.

Christy Buck, executive director of the Mental Health Foundation, said the ribbon cutting was more than a formality.

“Obviously it’s ceremonial, but for us it literally means we’re at work every day in a great facility where we’re going to be able to provide mental health education, suicide prevention, anywhere, everywhere, anytime.” And that was the purpose of moving to this building — to be able to do our presentations virtually and be able to continue to do our good work here in West Michigan,” Buck said.

New Be Nice Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. facility in Cutlerville. (August 23, 2022)

Due to the new facility, the MHF will now have amenities such as a full auditorium, two gymnasiums and an outdoor gathering space for community events. In addition, two new employees have been hired.

“The new location allows be nice to expand. program at the national level,” the organization said in a press release.

The group’s new space is part of Special Olympics Michigan One stop center for sports and inclusion. It was completed by Pioneer Construction and GMB Architects and staffed by Custer, Inc.

Be kind. plans to use more of the campaign money to continue growing — professional development for its staff and work to ensure the long-term sustainability of the program.

Leave a Comment